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to drive. >>> and good morning, everyone. we begin with that developing story from syria's civil war. credible, new concerns about the use of chemical weapons by syrian forces. >> syria's chemical weapons stockpile is believed to be one of the largest in the world. and there's word that regime forces might be ready to use it. we spoke with alex marquardt a short time ago, from the turkey/syria border. >> reporter: it seems that syria went through the preparation phase, loading components of the highly-toxic sarin gas. syria doesn't even acknowledge that it has chemical weapons. they've said that they would never use them against their own people. but one top official warned this summer that they would only be used against what he called external aggression. >> and that sarin gas that alex just mentioned, it is extremely toxic. a single drop can kill a person in a matter of moments. >> of course, the u.s. has been worried about syria using chemical weapons for quite some time, now. abc's tahman bradley has that part of the story. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news, the use
," secrets from inside syria. a defector says the world has reason to fear chemical weapons there. >> we are getting chilling details of the deadly arsenal amassed by the assad regime. it is tuesday, december 11. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. in a moment, what that one-time insider from syria's chemical weapons program is saying now. if you weren't nervous about the situation before, after listening to this guy, plenty of reason for the world to be nervous what's going on inside syria. but also this half hour, the ultimate sacrifice. the member of the navy s.e.a.l. team 6 killed while freeing an american doctor from the taliban has been identified. we'll find out more about this fallen hero. >>> tom hanks is standing up for heroes. how the hollywood star is helping an army staff sergeant who just returned from afghanistan. >> very cool story. it was a prank in the best sense of the word. >>> and later, beyonce scores a $50 million deal. a sweet payday from a soft drink company. all the details coming up. >> keep read
as this coutry cal david? >> nick, thank you. >>> to syria tonight. the threat of chemical weapons appears to be growing. there is new proof those weapons may be in the hands of both sides. alex marquardt got inside syria where he fir he reports infom e oric' allies, great britals it had seen evidence thatria has prepared wea so far, no proof has been offered publicly at the same time, syria has the rebels could usmicl weapons, racheting up the tension in this conf fighting has gripped the syrian capital, damascus. rebels are trying to take the airport. potentially huge logistical blow to the assad regime. american officials are scared a desperate assad could use chemical weapons. and said regime forces recently prepared components of sarin gas. a highly deadly nerve agent. syria does not acknowledge having chemical weapons. said they will never be used against their own people. the forces are inflicting big losses thenize several of whom we met yesterday inside syria, recovering fro battle in a makeshift hospita they're yu this man is 17. next to him, a 28-year-old father o
in the mission. diane? >> thank you so much, martha raddatz reporting in. >>> and now, we go overseas to syria. the rebels still on the move, near the capital damascus. the assad regime, still corralling its chemical weapons. and abc's alex marquardt got a call to travel at night and meet with a defector, who knows about those weapons. a former general in the ruling regime. >> reporter: the rebels have taken the fight to syria's biggest cities. today, battling near assad's stronghold, his palace in damascus. while fighters have overrun one of the regime's largest military bases, outside the city of aleppo. american officials say they fear the likelihood of assad using chemical weapons is rising and say they have proof they've been prepared. we went to meet a man who shares those fears. driving along a dark, back country reed near turkey's border with syria. his name is adnan sillou. he told us that until 2008, he was a chief of staff in the chemical weapons program. he said he worked on the defense side, in charge of preparing troops for dealing with attacks and safety equipment. what specific
attacks on former high-ranking officials. >>> right now, a developing story from the civil war in syria. senior u.s. officials tell abc news, president bashar assad's forces have loaded nerve gas components into bombs at or near syrian airfields. it is assumed, the intent was to move the bombs onto aircraft. but there's no way to know if that happened for certain. the issue, of course, has the full attention of the obama administration. >> our concerns are that an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. >> syrian ground forces and rebels have been battling in and around syrian capital of damascus. it is now estimated that more than 40,000 people have been killed in violence in march 2011. >> just an atrocity there. >>> now to the pink slips at citigroup. the company is slashing 11,000 jobs worldwide. about 4% of its work force. more than half of those cuts will come from consumer banking. and they are aimed at saving $900 billion next year alone. investors were apparen
krugman, on sunday for "this week." >>> and now, we go overseas to syria, where people are fleeing amid fears that the assad regime will unleash chemical weapons. the region around the capital, damascus, now a battle zone. 2 million syrians now on the run, many of them children. and it is extremely difficult for journalists to enter that country and cover the chaos. but abc's alex marquardt pushed across the border tonight and he is there. alex? >> reporter: we've spent the day among the thousands of refugees living here, and the conditions are miserable. rain has turned the roads to rivers of mud, there's no power or gas for heat, and it's only getting colder by the day. the rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. the first stop, a rebel checkpoint. tanks and men armed with ak-47s. once past them, a narrow, winding road that led us to white tents in a sea of red mud. in it, the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth -- a tiny campfire. they're part of the mass exodus, families fleeing the crossfire of syria's bloody civil war. for
days in syria, and highlights the danger in the shadows there. as the rebels and the terrorists and president assad wrestles for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: good evening match truly terrifying ordeal for richard engel and his crew. they were ambushed by more than a dozen heavily armed men, believed to be loyalists to assad's government. one of the rebels they were with was executed on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands bound and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning. >> they made us choose who would be shot first. and when we refused there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped with the help of rebels at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. there is still a young american freelance journalist, austin tice, who has been held hostage since august in syria. and this is all a reminder how out of control things are in syria. a conflict, as you know that
says the accountability review board report provides a clear look at syria's systemic challenges that we've begun to fix and says i accept every one of them. so clearly taking responsibility for the state department and saying listen, we've already begun to fix these problems. >> established that task force. that report did have this finding, the board did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual u.s. government employee breached his or her duty. so they were assigning blame more to the system than any one particular person. >> which is good news for the secretary of state. i would imagine. >>> out of syria and lucky to be alive, nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle has a nightmare story to sell after he and his crew were kidnapped in syria. they were rescued by rebels during a gun battle at a checkpoint monday night. the men were grabbed last week shortly after entering the country from turkey. they were blind folded, bound and threatened with execution, but never physically harmed. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be ou
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.s. military involvement in the face of fears that the bloody syria will spill over that country's borders. >> reports this morning say defense secretary, leon panetta has signed the order to send 2 patriot missile batteries, as well as 400 american troops, to turkey. they're being deployed to help protect turkey against a possible missile attack or chemical weapons from syria. and the moves comes as international support for syria's ruthless dictator is fading. the head of nato says the collapse of bashar al assad's regime is just a matter of time. and there are conflicting reports that his most powerful ally, russia, may be preparing for his defeat. rebels are gaining ground outside the capital and have defied every effort to defeat them. >>> there's some confusion over where former south african president nelson mandela is being treated. government officials there say they are protecting his privacy not confirming which hospital is treating him. >> the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was admitted on saturday for what has since been diagnosed as a lung infection. >>> in other news right
to the media. >>> syria's ruthless regime may have little time left. president assad is losing his country's bloody civil war and now the foreign ministry denies that statement this morning. the rebels are outside the capital and gaining ground, but many groups with competing interests among the ranks and assad's fall would not mean an end to the fighting. >> don't really have a good sense. to the extent that external organizations are in there in some extremist form, the worry is the retribution afterwards and access to chemical weapons. >> this week, the u.s., europe and allies recognized the opposition, which could speed up international aid. but some factions of the rebels are known to have ties to al qaeda. that is the lingering question, you knock out the leader, but what is left, building a new country sometimes is the more difficult part compared to getting rid of the dictator. look at egypt and the mess they're going through. >> but the state department is encouraging russia to withdraw their support and join with the u.s. in implementing a political transition. that has not happe
development overseas, evidence that the government of syria could be ready to unleash chemical and biological weapons against the rebels. of course, the syria officials there deny this, but actions are saying a much, much different story. >>> and the american officials on the other hand are saying, look, use of chemical weapons would be a red line. this is still hanging over the country and could prompt military action. our soldiers on the ground there. that's why it is important to keep an eye on that. >>> also this half hour, the latest on the jovan belcher tragedy. the people closest to the nfl linebacker and the girlfriend he killed are speaking out now about the shocking murder suicide. we are also going to talk about a report that came in, "the new york post"over night, that gave details to what he was doing hours before the murder. very, very interesting. >>> later this half hour, magic man, our polkameister, sitting down with penn jillette to talk about harry houdini, magic, and familia. >>> kate middleton spending a second day in the london hospital and prince william has been at his
weapons in the hands of the brutal regime in syria. chemicals so deadly, one drop can kill within minutes. abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz on these weapons and whether it means the u.s. may be forced to take action. >> reporter: the latest intelligence is alarming. officials telling abc news the u.s. is now seeing specific signs that the syrian regime may be preparing to use the chemical sarin against opposition forces. sarin is an extremely toxic substance that can kill a person in a matter of minutes with only one drop. the victims suffocated from the paralyzing effects of the toxin. this new intelligence has the obama administration so concerned, harsh warnings came today from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news that there are contingency plans for mi
this morning, the situation in syria is growing increasingly dangerous. new intelligence reports show that syria's government may be preparing chemical and biological weapons for use against the rebels in that country. senior officials tell abc news there are contingency plans for military action by the u.s., if those weapons become a threat. >>> and back here at home, president obama meets with the nation's governors today on urgent talks to avoid that fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats in congress appeared no closer to a compromise. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: congressional republicans' counterproposal was dead on arrival. the white house quickly rejected the $2.2 trillion deficit reduction plan, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenue over the next decade. but the plan calls for raising the revenue without raising tax rates on top income earners, something the white house views as unacceptable. during a photo op, the president avoided questions about the gop plan. >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> reporter: a senior white house official called the p
to mediate tensions in syria. >> the australian djs who won't be pulling anymore .d nurse they >>> san jose police officers say the department turned a corner saying the number of officers fleeing the department is growing faster than the city can train new recruits. abc 7 news brings us the latest in this saga of the incredible shrinking police force. officer tina bowles is one of six people this week signing paper work to walk away from the job at san jose police department. after 27 years, bowles is retiring with a disability and part of an unprecedented exodus. >> the environment is toxic. officers can't speak their minds about what is going on. the chief didn't listen. city hall doesn't care what he have to say. >> this former police officer retired on disability. he and the counsel majority supported the reform policies, including pay cuts, and voter approved pension reforms. >> it's not about this city and the mayor, what it's about is keeping our city afloat. dealing with a budget situation that has been a disaster and saying what are we going to do to fix it. >> police officers say
down with abc's barbara walters at the white house this afternoon. and he said something about syria that signals a whole new day for the u.s. barbara walters is here right now with what happened at the white house today. barbara? >> reporter: just a year ago this month, i met with president assad in damascus and i questioned him about the slaughter of his people. since then, 40,000 people have been killed. well, today, president obama had some big news. for the first time, he is putting the syrian opposition on the path to be recognized as the new government if and when assad falls. i'd like to talk about syria. do you plan to recognize the opposition and give them some legitimacy? >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people, in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes the responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> reporter:
're still talking, diane. >> two and a half weeks away. thank you so much, jake. >>> and now, we go to syria. tinderbox tonight as even allies of the ruling regime are signaling the end may be near for president assad. and the powerful head of nato is also signaling change is coming. abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz on the end game and what danger it poses for the united states. >> reporter: it could all end soon here in damascus. with the startling word from nato and now even president assad's staunch ally russia, that the brutal dictator's days are numbered. that's because while assad is still in control in the capital, rebels are moving closer. now, just outside in the suburbs. our bbc colleague jeremy bowen saw it first hand, in a neighborhood where assad's forces have tried to stop the rebel advance, pounding the buildings and homes with air strikes and artillery. the battle is bloody. at the regime's military hospital, there are said to be 40 wounded, treated a day. while the rebels, like this fighter who lost both feet, received treatment from a dentist. their
to first. new reports on how close syria came to using chemical weapons this week. they actually loaded the deadly gas on to bombs, prepared for launch. and martha raddatz is going to have the latest on that. >> that's a frightening development, something president obama took very seriously. >>> we have a warning this morning that all parents with infants need to here. federal authorities are taking an unprecedented move of suing the manufacturers of infant recliner, saying they are dangerous. i don't know about you guys. but i used these with both of my babies. pretty amazing. >> yeah. >>> also ahead, a major announcement today we can't wait to share with you. it involves all of us and more "gma" every day. we're excited to tell you what we're talking about later on this morning. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to the news out of london. lama hasan is outside of the hospital where kate middleton checked out, roses in her hand. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning, george. just moments ago, a very happy duke and duchess of cambridge left the hospital behind me. one of the re
overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday has been freed after a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although not physically harmed. then yesterday, as the captors were moving them to a new location, they were stopped at a rebel checkpoint. there was a confrontation. and then, the firefight broke out. in that firefight, two of the captors were killed and several others escaped. but richard and his crew were rescued. the syrian rebels then drove him to the border to safety. all are in good health, fortunately. george? >> thank goodness for that. what do we know about the group that took them hostage? >> we know very little about the group. but they were not beli
. families in syria fleeing the crossfire and our reporter makes his way behind the lines. >>> tragic twist.
obama sitting down with barbara walters, and making news about america's role in the civil war in syria. >> that's a big step. >> it is a big step. >>> defeating depression.
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the last storms. >>> 5:10. violence in syria is taking an ominous turn. next, the action that has the u.s. giving the government there a new warning. >>> political job that new york's mayor bloomberg thinks hillary clinton would be per >>> good tuesday morning. 5:13. sutro tower camera looking at san francisco across the bay into oakland clear out there. no real rain drops right now. a few sprinkles possibly. mike says if you are in the north bay chances are better for that this morning. >>> you are about to see frightening video. an arrest warrant is out for a tv host involved in a stunt that left a chico man with severe burns while magician was per for on tv in the dominican republic. -- the host doused him with flappable cologne and his head was cover -- flammable colon his head was covered in flames, he is optimistic his face will heal with no scars his hand remains badly injured and very painful. >>> troubling signs in syria intelligence reports suggests syrian forces may be preparing to use chemical weapons on their own people. u.s. official says according to recently obtained int
, as well. there's the chemical weapons threat in syria. and the fiscal cliff countdown. 25 days now. >> absolutely. >>> let's get right to the breaking news out of japan overnight. the powerful earthquake, shaking up the country. sam has been tracking it all. and joins us now with the very latest. sam? >> just imagine how frightening that night and morning was. we're talking about friday by the time we get to japan. a 7.3 earthquake kicks off the northern east coast of japan. if this coastline looks very familiar to you, it's because just last year there was a 9.0 quake there. that's the one that triggered not only the earthquake -- but the tsunami and then the nuclear disaster in fukushima. to compare the two, this one is much, much weaker. this sent a wall of water towards the coastline. but this one did trigger a tsunami warning. at points, there was a six-foot tsunami expected. actually, a three-foot wave, wall of water did work along the coastline. the tsunami warnings are canceled right now. let me show you all of the video coming out. this is from sendai. you realize, you see
of breaking news overnight. including, you know, as the crisis in syria escalates, the u.s. is spending patriot missiles and troops to the syrian border with turkey. right now, martha raddatz will be here with more on that. >>> and barbara walters, bringing us her exclusive with the president and first lady. they rarely appear together for an interview. but they did for barbara. we'll hear their message, special message for robin. >>> let's get right to josh elliott for the pair of powerful earthquakes off the coast of california. >>> a powerful earthquaking rattling buildings and nerves in southern california. 6.3 magnitude off the coast. >> we're here in pasadena where they're watching this activity very closely. this was a pretty big shaker. 6.3 in magnitude. it occurred in the pacific ocean. lot of folks here in southern california felt it, though, it was a pretty good jolt. fortunately no reports of damage or injuries so far. back to you, josh. >> john, thank you. >>> people shaken by the quake twe tweeted it on twitter. >>> also this morning, new pressure on congress to approve a
tomorrow. she'll head to morocco for a meeting of the friends of syria group. she's expected to announce that the u.s. will recognize the new counsel as the only legit rat representative of the syrian people. >>> more republicans are willing to go along with president obama. they want major cuts in entitlement programs in return. tahman bradley joins us from washington with more. >> reporter: sunny and john, good morning. with time running out, president obama and speaker boehner are negotiating directly. congress needs a bill soon. president obama is back on the road today, peddling his plan to avoid the so called fis kalg cliff. in washington, republicans and democrats remain far from a deal. sunday, small sign of hope. mr. obama and john boehner meet together. a source said, i would be a little enjournlged. not greatly, but a little. republicans may be ready to compromise on tax hikes for the rich. >> there's a growing group of folks looking at this and saying, we don't have a lot of cards in regards to the tax issue. >> reporter: some are open to more tax revenues. the two parties se
. >>> the u.s. is making a major diplomatic move, by officially recognizing syria's main opposition group as the new legitimate representative of the syrian people. president obama announced the move yesterday. it was part of an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters. he also recognized that a small amount of the opposition has ties to al qaeda. the u.s. has declared them a terrorist organization. trying to prevent an extremist future for that war-torn country. >>> the president and house speaker john boehner taking small steps to avoid the fiscal cliff. they spoke by phone again last night. but still doesn't appear to be any closer to a deal. >>> the governor of michigan has signed that controversial, new law which limits the influence of organized labor in the state. hundreds of union workers had protested the legislation ahead of the governor's action. michigan joins 23 other states with so-called right-to-work laws. those laws ban requirements that nonunion employees pay union dues for negotiating contracts and other services. >>> well, drug smugglers have found a pretty creat
days in syria. richard engel and his crew. held bound and blindfolded, details still coming in on his harrowing ordeal. >>> this morning, two little sandy hook boys laid to rest in emotional tributes. a heartbreaking mother's salute, saying the sky is crying. this, as the rest of the students in newtown head back to school right now. we're live on the scene. >>> winter weather slam. 100-mile-per-hour winds slam the northwest.
education will help. >> katie: coming up next, holiday have i indications ruined by syria. at least two outrage that has made hundred of people sick at sea. live outside at the embarcadero, you can see that flag waving in the wind, light wind ried right now as rain has moved through the san francisco area. frances dinglasan is tracking where the rain is now. we'll have your forecast in a few minutes. >> katie: welcome back. at 8:13, live doppler 7-hd, bearer of good news. we have been tracking the rain from the north bay to the south bay and now practically out of our area. light rain in the south bay. frances dinglasan will have the full forecast in just a little bit. track live doppler 7-hd on our website at abc7news.com. >>> this morning, former president george h.w. bush remains in the hospital in intensive care. the 88-year-old continues to improve and the 41st president is alert and always in good spirits. bush has been in the hospital since november 23rd. >> an outrage of a stomach virus aboard the queen mary ii is ruining hundreds of winter vacations. >> this morning, cdc is inv
.s. involvement in syria. clinton traveling in europe today warned the syrian government that the united states will respond if dictator bashir al assad deploys chemical weapons in the fight against rebel forces in his country. recent reports indicate there has been new activity at syria's chemical weapons sites. >>> the other developing story right now from that highway disaster in japan. you see the latest video here from inside that tunnel that collapsed, sending concrete panels crashing down on cars, killing nine people. investigators now believe a single bolt that was supposed to hold those panels in place may have rusted and become loose. crews are now inspecting tunnels across the country, looking for any more faulty bolts. >>> meanwhile, here at home, the fbi has revealed new information about a suspected cross-country serial killer. 34-year-old israel keyes was being held for the kidnapping and murder of an alaska coffee shop worker. keyes died in jail over the weekend. now, the fbi confirms he's been linked to at least four murders in washington state and one in new york. and, they sa
, to the other crisis capturing the world's attention. new concerns that syria may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels, trying to overthrow the country's government. today, neighboring turkey, is asking nato for patriot missiles to defend itself as a precaution. president obama has warned syria the u.s. will respond if chemical weapons are employed. >>> back in this country, federal health officials say the flu season is already here. it's the earliest start in nearly a decade. and take a look at this map. widespread flu already being reported from tennessee into the deep south, texas, missouri and georgia not far behind. this year's strain could be dangerous for children and the elderly. doctors' advice here, get your flu shots. >>> meanwhile here in new york, police trying to find the man in this subway surveillance video, arguing with another man in the middle of the day. seconds later, he pushed that man into the path of an oncoming train. the man was killed. police are checking other video, hoping to find a clear image of the killer. no word on what the two were arguing abo
as they become available. >>> also this morning, a major escalation in the bloody civil war in syria, that could now raise the likelihood of the u.s. getting involved. for the first time, dictator assad's forces appear to have fired scud missiles at rebel fighters, missiles that could then be used to carry chemical weapons. it is considered a sign that assad is growing ever more desperate. president obama has said that any use of chemical weapons would prompt a u.s. response. >>> and in money news, the rock-bottom interest rates that have pushed mortgages to record lows will not be going up anytime soon. in a historymaking move, ben bernanke said interest rates will be tied to the jobless rate. he wants the interest rates to stay at the lows until unemployment drops below 6.5%. which he says could take some three years. >>> and a dire warning about a water crisis in the west. a federal report out today warns the colorado river is drying up. and within 50 years, will no longer be able to supply water to seven western states. the report suggests dramatic solutions, including towing icebergs from a
, especially between israelis and palestinians. and in syria. he returned to that theme thaga this morning. >>> stormy weather could make christmas day travel hazardous. even tornadoes are a threat in alabama, mississippi and louisiana. and more people are hitting the road than in years past. >> most people traveling for the holiday in six years. this means that any bad weather we might be seeing in the coming days, could result in serious disruptions. >> and because of the stormy weather, delays are possible at ten major airports, from boston to san francisco. >>> and here's a look at your christmas day forecast. foggy this morning from tallahassee to atlanta. heavy snow in oklahoma. and a new storm moving in the midwest. cold in the upper midwest with the windchills. fargo, you're going to feel like 35 below. new york and baltimore will warm up to the mid-40 >> and finally. you may have heard of this guy before. we want to introduce you to santa claus. at least that's what it says on his driver's license and his credit cards. he changed his name officially last spring. he plays santa at
. by that time, the new secretary of state may be confirmed. >>> now we turn to the worsening situation in syria. a u.s. official confirms within the last day, the assad regime has launched lots of scud missiles at rebel areas in the territory. russian president putin, a top assad ally, acknowledged, this is important, that it is time for change in syria. >>> back here at home, it is one week since tragedy struck newtown, connecticut. a moment of silence will be observed beginning at 9:30 eastern time to remember those who died. then bells will ring 26 times to mark the lives of 20 children and 6 adults who were killed. president obama will also mark the moment at the white house. >>> in related news, the national rifle association's long awaited announcement following the connecticut tragedy is set for later this morning. the group promises what it called meaningful contributions to make sure what happened in newtown does not happen again. the nra has returned to social media, cautiously posting on twitter and reinstating its account on facebook. i think what you may see at this news conference
in syria and urged israel list and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate. he encouraged arab spring nations, especially egypt to build just and respectful societies. >>> in san francisco worshippers gathered at grace cathedral for a light night service at 11:00 one of the most popular christmas eve masses in the bay area. the choir performed, grace cathedral will hold another service today at 11 a.m.. >>> christmas day visitors for former south african president nelson mandela, as he remains hospitalized. >>> do you have a new ipad under the tree? it may be out-of-date. we'll explain. >>> merry christmas. rain is on its way. see it with live doppler 7 hd. areas with yellow and orange show strong cold front pushing through. currently along 101 past south ukiah heading towards healdsburg rain in the north bay late this morning. this also means snow in the sierra. there's a winter weather advisory starting this afternoon at 4:00, continuing until 4:00 tomorrow afternoon. lots of snow up there, chain controls, try avoid travelingc#6 during that time. full weather forecast, coming up. >>
they were in necessary to get a referendum on the constitution. >> in syria, president assad's commander says he was defecting and joining the open sismgs he was one of the most senior members of the inner circle saying he defected because the army had been turned into a gang to kill and destroy during the 20 month uprising against president assad. >>"Áq russia's parliament approved a measure to ban americans from adopting russian children. the bill is a resfons a new u.s. law calling for sanctions against russians found to have violated human rights. official says 46 children about to be adopted by american citizens will stay in russia if this bill is signed. >> nelson mandela is back home. the 94-year-old had been in the hospital since december 8th diagnosed with a lung inzpex had a procedure to remove gall stones a spokesman says he will receive more care in his home until he fully recovers. >> officials in newtown, connecticut have come up with mj novel idea for what to do with all of the momentos sent po-to-pay tribute to the victims of the shooting. display will stay at the memori
announced the u.s. will recognize syria's main opposition group as the country's legitimate representative. it's the latest move to force dictator bashar al assad from power. >>> meanwhile, here at home, a natural gas explosion near charleston, west virginia, set off the fire you see here. it scorched a busy highway, destroyed at least four homes. several people were rushed to the hospital because of heavy smoke inhalation. but no one was seriously hurt. no word on why the 20-inch gas line exploded. >>> meanwhile, new claims this morning that fedex may have been overcharging its customers and doing it for years. internal e-mails recently made public for a lawsuit show a sales executive believed the company was systemically overcharging business customers. but when he told his bosses, he claims they looked the other way. fedex denies it, saying the e-mails don't tell the entire story. >>> and pope benedict just hit 1 million followers on twitter. and he marked the occasion today, sending his very first tweet. saying, and i quote, dear friends, i am pleased to get in touch with you through t
unaccounted for. >>> now we turn to syria, where christians are praying for peace in their war-torn country on this christmas day. because of security reasons, churches hosted christmas eve services at 5:00 last night, not at midnight. the state department has condemned in the strongest terms the recent wave of bombings that have targeted civilians launched by the assad regime. >>> pope benedict xvi called for prayers for syrians and others in the middle east living in conflict. his christmas message opened with a traditional latin wish for peace, especially to those who live and suffer in places where christ lived. the pope expressed hope that people caught up in the high tech world find room in their hearts for god. >>> thousands of christian pilgrims celebrated mass in bethlehem this morning, the town where it is believed christ was born. the holiday was especially joyous on the west bank after the united nations recognized palestine as an independent state. >>> here in the u.s., it is a day for worship, for exchanging gifts, getting together with family and friends and planning a return
's a bad morning in yemen. >> crossing this fence is the entrance to syria. >> u.s. ambassador jay christopher stevens has been killed. >> 20 wielding attackers storming the american consulate in benghazi. >> the middle east on the brink this morning. >> this is the first such israeli/palestinian conflict since the arab spring. >>> growing nationwide outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed florida teen. >> that stunning video reveals something critical about zimmerman. >> if i had a son, he would look like try trayvon. >> this disaster developing off the coast in italy. >> the captain under house arrest. >> what would you like to say to that captain this morning? >> what a coward you are. >> 45 guilty counts. >> didn't you have a moral obligation? >> at the time, when i heard the word horseplay and asked if there was anything more than that, and the answer was no, i didn't think of anything more than that. >> there is no one else responsible. >> was there anything more you needed to hear from the prosecutors? >> i felt like the evidence just wasn't there. >> the cia director
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